We welcomed the ambassador of Vatican and a councilor of a Vatican embassy to our dinner on 6th of January.
An archbishop, Albert Votarli de Castello from Italy and a counselor of embassy, Leo Kalenga, from Congo visited us and which was their first visit after their assumption of their post.
We've toasted with their favorite Japanese sake and some beer and juice. We've chatting for a little while and we enjoyed our meal. And then we gave them a little performance as our gift.Singing 'Side by side' and three sisters were danced with an affected gait. It was quite good and I just wonder when they practiced.
Afterward, we gave a microphone to Archbishop Castello who is a very good singer. We've heard that he wanted to be a tenor. He passed a piece of paper with word of sing to Kalenga and they sung Santa Lucia and O Sole Mio.
Then our term came again. We wanted them to feel Japan so we've sung Japanese nursery song, Osaru no Kagoya, or Monkey Basket Carrier, Oedo Nihon bashi, or Edo-Japan Bridge.
We put a face of a monkey on our head and sung Osaru no Kagoya and for Oedo NihonBashi, we've used scraped paper and made a Japanese costume, using a mop to makes it as a stick for a parade of Edo period. We danced, sung, and it was fantastic and we really enjoyed.
We gave flowers for them and they gave us a blessing.
Archbishop Castello was gives us words. "There are sisters of Daughters of St Paul in Treviso, where I was born. I've never been to the bishop palace without going to their bookshop. When I moved to Tokyo, I wondered where are they. So I'm very pleased to be here and see all of you today. Please do not forget to preach with many ways, as Pope Benedict XVI said at 'Ad Limina' at the end of 2007. This year is the beginning of the year of St. Paul and we'll have a beatification for martyrdoms. Please preach to the world with new passions."
Usually, it is not easy to meet both of them. However they are so nice and have a great time together. They gave us words of encouragement and that gives us a power.
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